A Gallery of Jack-o-Lanterns

October 22, 2012 at 10:13 am 1 comment


This carving by grad student Han-Wei Shih won Best in Show.

I get the impression that the Arboretum’s second annual pumpkin festival was a success, judging by the more than 300 jack-o-lanterns that people entered and by the steady stream of people checking out the pumpkins on Friday and Saturday night.

A couple of the jack-o-lanterns that stood out for me stood out for the judges, too, apparently. The pumpkin above, with its top carved into a flower to adorn its “hair,” was judged Best in Show. A Penn State grad student in plant biology, Han-Wei Shih, was the artist behind it.

The turtle I showed you earlier ended up winning first prize in the Adult category; it was the work of Beth Hendershot. Second prize in that category went to a Hogwarts-esque castle scene by Corrine Webster, below:

Below is a slide show of some of the pumpkins that caught my eye, including a couple of owls, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Blue from Blue’s Clues, and a Joe Paterno-themed pumpkin. There’s also an entry in which art education grad student Kevin Slivka used two pumpkins to create a skeletal arm and hand—pretty clever.

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Tina Hay, editor

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  • 1. The Penn Stater Magazine  |  October 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    […] from the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Fest don’t hold a candle (pun intended) to Tina’s photos from years past. And yeah, I realize that un-lighted jack-o-lanterns, photographed on an especially […]

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